Asdis Asmundsdottir, daughter of the sculptor Asmundur Sveinsson will today award the first prize in a competition for a design object that reflects the spirit of Sveinsson’s art. In addition fifteen of the most noteworthy proposals will be displayed. The competition is organized by Reykjavik Art Museum, Kraum-design shop, and The Icelandic Design Centre.
On the same occasion the exhibition “I choose blossoming women …” Woman as Symbol in the Art of Asmundur Sveinsson will be opened at the Asmundarsafn gallery, today, Saturday 1 May at 17.00.
A large part of Asmundur Sveinsson’s art depicts women – from loving mothers to domestic labourers, or gentle creatures to fearless giantesses. They are signifiers of common sentimentalities, or allegories for natural phenomena or literature. The works in the exhibition are selected from the entire career of the sculptor, giving an oeuvre of Sveinsson’s work from his early realistic rendition to a much stylised representation of his female subjects.
In the pyramid Asmundur’s studio has been recreated, to give an idea of his working environment in Sigtun (105 Reykjavik, near Laugardalur Park). In a reading room, visitors can learn more about the artist’s life and work.